News & Announcements

The Library Book Author Booked at CALS

The Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) will host New York Times bestselling author Susan Orlean (The Library Book, The Orchid Thief) on September 28 to give the 2019 Fred K. Darragh Jr. Lecture, part of the CALS Speaker Series. Orlean will take the stage at 6:30 p.m. at CALS Ron Robinson Theater,

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Introducing Six Bridges: CALS Announces Changes for Literary Festival

The Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) is announcing a new name for the Arkansas Literary Festival: Six Bridges Book Festival. Named for the six bridges that connect the downtowns in Little Rock and North Little Rock, the festival will have a new focus, bridging communities and bringing people together. The library will actively solicit input from a variety of demographic groups with the goal of offering a more widely appealing festival.

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CALS one of 78 organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Big Read Grant

The Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) is a recipient of a $14,900 grant to host the NEA Big Read: CALS. An initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest, the NEA Big Read broadens our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book.

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Lit Feast at Lit Fest

The added “A” stands for “appetizing.” From April 18-28, five area restaurants will offer specials inspired by four of the fest authors’ books. The participating restaurants and the dishes they will be preparing are:

Allsopp & Chapple Restaurant + Bar

Barbecued Pork Chops and Ham Slices served with Deviled Eggs,

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Wordsworth Books Is the Official Bookseller of the 2019 Lit Fest

The Arkansas Literary Festival is proud to partner with Wordsworth Books, the official bookseller of the 2019 Lit Fest.

All Festival author/panel discussions will be followed by a book signing. During the Festival, books will be available for purchase at each session and at the Festival book store located on the first floor of the Main Library.

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Lit Fest Sweet 16: Literary Luminaries, Chefs’ Specials, Music and More


Notable authors, including Pulitzer Prize and James Beard Award winners, television producers, artists, and one of the Little Rock Nine are among the diverse roster of presenters who will be providing sessions at the Central Arkansas Library System’s (CALS) sixteenth annual Arkansas Literary Festival, April 25-28, 2019. Events will be held at CALS Library Square and many other Little Rock venues.

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